November 5 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 1,969 new cases, 31 additional deaths

Metro reports 390 new cases, one additional death
Posted at 9:17 AM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 15:05:31-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,969 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases reported in the state to 271,771.

Of those cases, 243,492 are now considered recovered and 24,770 remain active.

Thirty-one additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Thursday. TDH has attributed 3,509 deaths to COVID-19.

Overnight, hospitals statewide reported 1,502 current COVID-19 patients.

Metro Public Health officials reported 390 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death.

Thursday's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 36,089. Right now, there are 2,425 active cases and 33,348 have recovered.

Metro health said an additional confirmed death was reported in the past 24 hours, an 83-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.

As of November 5, 305 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 316 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

Metro also gave its weekly update on Thursday. Mayor John Cooper said he's been asked if the city will regress from Phase Three amid this recent spike in cases. He said right now, Metro's health experts are not advising any changes to the city's guidelines because most of the spread is happening within small gatherings.

"Our public health officials believe that the guidelines currently in place, when followed, will lower the risk of spread," said Cooper.

Metro also released recommendations for those who are planning Thanksgiving gatherings, which includes:

  • Isolate prior to holiday if you’re going to see older family members.
  • Consider getting tested before travel
  • Travel in your own car
  • Limit gathering to 10 or fewer

As of today, only two of Metro's key metrics are in the red category. The transmission rate is now in the yellow category.

Dr. Alex Jahangir said Davidson County is 48th out of 95 in the state for disease activity. Maury County -- where there isn’t a mask mandate in place -- is currently 5th in the state.

Watch Metro's weekly update below:

New cases per 100,000 people: 42.43
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 8.3

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 14 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 11 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 194 calls on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

Total number of cases: 36,089
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 390

Cases by sex
Male: 17,629
Female: 18,144
Unknown: 316

Cases by age

Total active cases2,425


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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.


The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.